GOD wants for gay people
what he wants for non-gay people, the Dean of St Albans, the Very
Revd Dr Jeffrey John, said at a Gay Pride service on Saturday,
namely, a loving monogamous relationship.
Dr John was preaching to a
congregation of about 300 in St Martin-in-the-Fields, central
London. He recounted his own story, including his prayerful
struggle with his sexuality. "In the end I reached the firm
conclusion that what God wants for most gay people is exactly the
same as he wants for most non gay people, which is, to find someone
to love and care for, for life. In a word: monogamy.
"It has always been obvious
to me, and I think it is instinctively obvious to most people, that
being in a secure, committed relationship with someone you love and
want to share your life with is likely to maximise the health and
happiness of both of you."
This was not just a
"wishful" conclusion, he said, but the result of "a lot of prayer
and theology. . . If, as St Paul says, God blesses marriage because
the love of two people can reflect his love for us, then that
obviously applies to gay people just as much, provided their
relationship is based on the same covenant and the same commitment.
I couldn't see, and I still can't see, that anything in scripture
He also spoke of his
commitment to the Church of England: "Lots of people have asked me
over the last ten years, and no doubt they have asked you the same
thing: 'Why do you stay in the Church? Why do you bother with this
awful institution that keeps on humiliating you and beating you
up?' Well, now you know. I have had absolutely no choice. . . Who
in their right mind would stay unless they knew the love of Christ
was calling them?"